Nutrition as a career

What do registered nutritionists do?

Registered nutritionists are professionals qualified in evidence-based nutrition science. They can have a wide variety of career choices such as working in academia, research, healthcare, the food industry, sports & exercise, Government, non-government organisations, public health or as a self‐employed nutritionist. They are qualified to advise on the complex mechanisms by which diet can be used to promote health, increase exercise performance and prevent many types of diseases at a population or individual level.

Registered nutritionists can help individuals and groups achieve their health goals, meet their nutritional requirements and prevent them from developing diet-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. They use nutrition and lifestyle interventions based on scientific evidence. They also use psychological tools and advanced communication skills to take the personal circumstances of their clients into account in order to tailor their advice to ensure it can be successfully integrated into the client’s day-to-day life.

A rewarding health career

The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) is a register of competent, qualified nutrition professionals who meet rigorously applied standards for scientifically sound evidence-based nutrition and its use in practice. The UKVRN is held by the Association for Nutrition and it is the only register of qualified nutritionists recognised by Public Health England, NHS Choices and NHS Careers.

There are two levels of Registered Nutritionist on the UKVRN. Registered Associate Nutritionists (ANutr) are individuals with a minimum of honours-degree level knowledge and understanding of nutrition science. They are qualified and competent to provide evidence-based information. After demonstrating sufficient experience of professional practice in the competent application of nutrition science within their specialist area, ANutr can apply to transfer to Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) status. There are currently six areas of specialist practice for RNutr: Nutrition Science, Food, Public Health, Sports & Exercise, Healthcare Medical, and Animal nutrition.

If you are looking for a rewarding career in healthcare, we have a place for you at the UCO!

To encourage applicants to study towards a brilliant and rewarding career as a nutrition professional, we are pleased to offer a special introductory tuition fee discount for students who have accepted a place on our new BSc (Hons) Nutrition with Professional Practice undergraduate course for 2020 entry. Students will get a 20% reduction in tuition fees for the 2020-21 academic year, and a 10% reduction in tuition fees for the 2021-22 academic year. Find out more about our tuition fees for 2020 entry.

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